Pan-Asian Vegetables

1 pound haricots verts, or slender green beans

1 pound baby pattypan squash

1 tablespoon dark sesame oil

1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted (optional)

Cook beans and squash in boiling water to cover 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain well. Toss with sesame oil; sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired. Serve immediately. Yield:

6 servings.

Note: Beans and squash may be prepared ahead. Plunge cooked vegetables into ice water until cool. Drain well. Just before serving, steam vegetables until thoroughly heated; drain well, and proceed as above.

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Now take some time to answer the questions in Exercise 8. Remember, you may be asking for help from people who don’t know you as well as your close family and friends. The final task is to ask for help in a clear and specific way. How you do this can vary on your relationships. You can send a mass email to all of your friends/family/coworkers using the template or have individual conversations using this exercise as a tool on what your specific needs are, both now and after baby is born. What is important is that you are specific on the support you need and your family needs and how each person can help, filling in the chart as people respond. This chart should then be put on your fridge at home, with another copy in your hospital room. This way you can work with your partner or support at home to ensure they are accessing all the help available. It will also help you know who to thank when you are finally settled at home with baby. The first few days of living in the hospital are the hardest.

Pan Asian Vegetables

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